Cornell & Diehl - Folklore 16oz
5 Star blend if you remove the fake reviews (whiners)
Superb blend. Virginias are on the center stage, with the supporting cast each masterfully playing their role. Pleasant sweetness, sour and tart dark fruits, creamy smoke and little to no harshness or rough edges. A mild spice and bbq coming through with he DFK, plums, raisins, medium strength, zero bite or harshness. A very pleasant smoke. I would say a solid 5 star blend and if you remove the cry babies that couldn’t read their email several weeks or months before the release, the true rating probably would be well into the 4.5-5 star territory. Matter of fact, I think reviews that score terribly and haven’t even tried the blend should be deleted.
G. L. Pease - Bankside 2oz
Another Brilliant Masterpease!
Fantastic blend. Virginians are front and center with the Perique, dark fired Kentucky and Latakia working in balanced harmony in their supporting role. Great out of the tin, balanced medium smoke. This blend is certainly going into the regular rotation.
Drucquer & Sons - Loch Ness 100g
I am a big fan of Greg Pease blends, but particularly love a few of these Drucquer blends that he has done. Blairgowrie, Levant, Trafalgar, and Loch Ness are all must tries if you are a fan of English blends. Loch Ness is my favorite of the 4, as it has a lot of depth, a bit peaty, a bit zesty, with the sweetness from the Virginia wrapping everything together into perfect harmony. It is not overpowering, and is probably a bit left of medium from a Nic perspective. The tin note is superb and it smokes much like it smells in the tin. I haven’t had much from Greg which I do not like, but Loch Ness is on another level. Update: it is with some regret that I feel I must append my original review. It is even better than I originally let on. I tried to resist the urge to revisit my review, but in the end I did not feel good about keeping something this good to myself.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Bravo Mr. Pease
Incredible smoke. I will not repeat what many have already written, but as a relatively new smoker who picked the pipe back up during the great boredom of 2020 after a 20 year hiatus, and who is fond of English blends, this blend sits in a league of its own. Perfect balance of flavor, and a masterful work of art in which each flavor is vibrant and distinguishable, yet in perfect harmony with others. A cool smoke that lit well out of the tin, required no relighting, and provided a solid 20 minutes of bliss. If you enjoy English blends, I can easily understand why this has been called Pease’s Magnum Opus. Superb is the word that comes to mind.